Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren felt his side were masters of their own downfall as Ayr United claimed a 4-1 win at Forthbank on Saturday.
David Robertson and a Gordon Smith own goal had the visitors in command early on and Craig Beattie and Jordan Preston sealed the points after Phil Johnston had pulled one back.
McLaren said: “We got what we deserved. I can’t argue with the result because we made fundamental errors in defence and didn’t make the most of the chances that we worked hard to create.
“Ayr took the initiative early on and I’m not pleased about that. We did better in the middle part of the game and got the goal back but unfortunately we shot ourselves in the foot by conceding a bad goal from a corner.
“We are eight points behind Stenhousemuir with 12 games to play so the margin for error is getting finer and finer. We’ll not give up but we probably need to win most of the games we have left.”
Ayr United boss Ian McCall said: “It was a good performance and a good win – we are out of the bottom two and I would take that at the end of the season.
“We could have scored six or seven but they could have scored three or four – it was that sort of game.”